By 1788, Daniel has become Lieutenant Rooke, astronomer with the First Fleet as it lands on the unknown shores of New South Wales. As the newcomers struggle to establish a settlement for themselves and their cargo of convicts, and attempts are made to communicate with those who already inhabit this land, Rooke sets up his observatory to chart the stars.
But the place where they have landed will prove far more revelatory than the night sky. Out on his isolated point, Rooke comes to know the local Aboriginal people, and forges a remarkable connection with one child, which will change his life in ways he never imagined.
Based on real events, Kate Grenville's stunning new novel conveys the poignancy and emotional power of an extraordinary friendship, and how through it a man might find himself: a story that resonates across the oceans and across the centuries.
©2008 Kate Grenville; (P)2009 Hachette Digital
"In 1788, the British First Fleet lands in New South Wales, carrying astronomer Daniel Rooke. Against a background of the repugnant treatment of convicts and natives, Rooke learns the Aboriginal language and forges deep bonds with a local girl. A tender, troubling tale." (The Observer)
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